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Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

What happened this week?

Honduras. Continuous earthquakes have caused houses to become inhabitable
As reported in the previous Disasters This Week, Honduras has been experiencing continuous earthquakes for the past several weeks. The result of this seismic activity has now caused 49 homes to become inhabitable and left one school inoperable. 

Mexico. An intense storm in Oaxaca took the life of one person and left 50 buildings damaged
A four hour heavy downpour accompanied by hail, in the city of Oaxaca, overflowed two rivers and caused the death of a person. Also 50 buildings (dwellings and business) were damaged and 10 vehicles were washed away, reported Manuel Maza Sanchez, director of the Civil Protection State of Oaxaca (IEPCO).

USA. Drought divide is taking shape across the United States
The nation is seeing a sharp divide between dry and wet as summer approaches: While the eastern USA is almost entirely drought-free, drought continues to persist and intensify in much of the country to the west of the Mississippi River. Nationally, 47% of the contiguous U.S. is in a drought.
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What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Ecuador. The Emergency Operations Committee (COE, acronym in Spanish) of Esmeraldas requests a provincial declaration of emergency
The COE of Esmeraldas, decided to request the National Secretariat for Risk Management for the declaration of emergency in the province. Said request was due to flooding and landslides occurred in the recent weeks, which has left 16 dead overall, dozens of families affected and damaged, and extensive losses in crop land. Guillermo Prado, Director of Risk Management of Esmeraldas, noted in a meeting that unfortunately the families affected by floods are the result of inadequate risk settlement in places and that they (the government) should put an end to this situation.
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Colombia. Entities of the National System for Risk Management review progress in gender equality and disaster risk management in Colombia
On Tuesday April 23 at the main office of UNDP Colombia, policy decisions of the High Council for Gender Equality, the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, among others, met to define the strategies to be implemented to comply with the incorporation of a gender perspective in policies, plans and decision processes, on disaster risk management.
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